A lottery winner in Jamaica recently claimed his $1.1 million prize, wearing a white cape, black gloves and the mask from the classic slasher film franchise “Scream.”
The Super Lotto winner, who was identified only as A. Campbell, made a memorable appearance last week at the Spanish Court Hotel in Kingston to collect his prize, worth more than 158 million Jamaican dollars; but it took him 54 days to muster up the courage to do it, according to Supreme Ventures, which operates the game in the Caribbean.
Campbell told the Jamaica Star that after he won in November, he felt sick for days “because I was thinking so much.” But when he showed up Feb. 5 to pick up his check, he said he was feeling better.
“I’m kind of OK,” he told reporters, according to the newspaper. “I’m just a bit numb, a little bit.”
The lottery did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Washington Post.
Campbell told the Jamaica Star that he was initially overwhelmed.
“I looked at my ticket and ran into my bathroom and said ‘I won! I won!’ “ he told the newspaper last month. “From the day I found out that I won, I’ve been sick. My head hurt me for three days because I was thinking so much — if what I’ve been longing for really come true. I had a bellyache for two weeks. Sometimes I feel so much pain I forgot that I won.”
Campbell told the newspaper that he knew the deadline to cash out was coming up later in February, but “I just wanted to get myself together before I came forward.”
And once he did, he made quite the impression. Supreme Ventures tweeted out photos last week showing him — in costume — collecting his million-dollar prize, then posing with his giant check. Fun fact: Campbell appeared to be playing homage to the 1996 horror film “Scream,” which starred . . . Neve Campbell.
It may have taken Campbell awhile to collect the prize, but at least it gave him time to think about how he wants to spend it.
He told the Jamaica Star that he plans to buy “a nice house.”